Meetings this fall are Mondays 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. ENGR 401.

Themes of interest:
Classroom tested projects, and aligning those with the Common Core Curriculum.
Statistics topics and the teaching of statistics.
Effective technology use in the classroom.
The Utah Common Core Standards and their implementation.
Problem-based learning and interdisciplinary science/biology/mathematics modeling.

Monday, August 29 Brynja Kohler
Organizational meeting. Discussion of two science education articles:

Chin, C., & Chia, L.-G. (2005). Problem-based learning: Using ill-structured problems in biology project work. Science Education, 90(1), 44–67. doi:10.1002/sce.20097

Barak, M., & Dori, Y. J. (2004). Enhancing undergraduate students' chemistry understanding through project-based learning in an IT environment. Science Education, 89(1), 117–139. doi:10.1002/sce.20027

Brynja made slides for our first discussion...enjoy.

September 12 Jennifer Loveland
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics - High School Standards (pp.57-84) Lynnette Checketts
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics - Grades 6-8 (pp.)

September 19
Lynette will continue her presentation of the grade 6-8 standards. Mike Spencer will lead our discussion of
Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Content Specifications for Mathematics Assessment

SBAC is soliciting feedback on these content specifications, and that feedback is due September 19. The specific documents are below, but for more information see the website http://www.k12.wa.us/SMARTER/Resources.aspx

September 26 Brynja Kohler
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics - Appendix A
Utah's Secondary course sequence - The International Model
- Prepare to share tasks you have used for Secondary I.
- We will discuss the structure of the integrated curriculum as set forth by the CCSSM authors.
- We will also examine other resources for integrated instruction in mathematics.

October 10 Birgit Hertel-Wulff
Arithmetic and Algebra in Early Mathematics Education:
Proposed research evidence that young students use algebraic ideas and representation.

1. How can we transform accessible information into useable knowledge for ALL of our students?
2. How can we maximize transfer and generalization so that the learning that takes place in our classroom is not about individual-isolated facts?
The attached articles which will provide the background for our discussion. They are:
"Making the Most of Universal Design for Learning," in October 2011's Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, by Jessica H. Hunt and Janet B. Andreasen. Vol. 17, No. 3, pages 167-172. mtms2011-10-166a.pdf
and
"Differentiated Instruction and Implications for UDL Implementation," a report by Tracey Hall, Nicole Strangman, and Anne Meyer published in 2003 by the National Center on Assessing the General Curriculum and CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology). DI_UDL.1.14.11.pdf

November 7 Christine Cooper-Rompato
Associate Professor of English
Co-Editor, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures

Basic Medieval Math Education
This talk will explore popular numeracy in England during the Middle Ages. How did medieval peasants and merchants learn to perform basic arithmetic? How were popular religious practices shaped around number? During the talk we'll consider a variety of medieval sources, including eighth-century finger counting techniques, early ninth-century story problems, and a fifteenth-century mathematical poem in Middle English.

November 14 Brynja Kohler
Tasks and Tests
Come to this meeting and play around with improving a mediocre textbook math question into something worthy of exploration and deeper thinking. More into multiple choice? We'll talk about designing good multiple choice test items as well. Readings:
"No Child Left Unchallenged" by Darin Beigie in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School Vol. 17, No. 4 pp. 215-221 Lightbulb Questions.pdf
"Writing Good Multiple-Choice Exams" by Dawn M. Zimmaro, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved on November 9, 2011 from: http://ctl.utexas.edu/assets/Evaluation--Assessment/Writing-Good-Multiple-Choice-Exams-04-28-10.pdf Writing-Good-Multiple-Choice-Exams-04-28-10.pdf

November 21

November 28 Camille Fairbourn
Teaching with a Flipped Classroom

Themes of interest:

Classroom tested projects, and aligning those with the Common Core Curriculum.

Statistics topics and the teaching of statistics.

Effective technology use in the classroom.

The Utah Common Core Standards and their implementation.

Problem-based learning and interdisciplinary science/biology/mathematics modeling.

Monday, August 29

Brynja KohlerOrganizational meeting. Discussion of two science education articles:

- Chin, C., & Chia, L.-G. (2005). Problem-based learning: Using ill-structured problems in biology project work.
- Barak, M., & Dori, Y. J. (2004). Enhancing undergraduate students' chemistry understanding through project-based learning in an IT environment.

Brynja made slides for our first discussion...enjoy.Science Education,90(1), 44–67. doi:10.1002/sce.20097Science Education,89(1), 117–139. doi:10.1002/sce.20027September 12

Jennifer LovelandThe Common Core State Standards for Mathematics - High School Standards (pp.57-84)

Lynnette CheckettsThe Common Core State Standards for Mathematics - Grades 6-8 (pp.)

September 19

Lynette will continue her presentation of the grade 6-8 standards.

Mike Spencerwill lead our discussion ofSmarter Balanced (SBAC) Content Specifications for Mathematics Assessment

SBAC is soliciting feedback on these content specifications, and that feedback is due September 19. The specific documents are below, but for more information see the website http://www.k12.wa.us/SMARTER/Resources.aspx

September 26

Brynja KohlerThe Common Core State Standards for Mathematics - Appendix A

Utah's Secondary course sequence - The International Model

- Prepare to share tasks you have used for Secondary I.

- We will discuss the structure of the integrated curriculum as set forth by the CCSSM authors.

- We will also examine other resources for integrated instruction in mathematics.

Links to Standards-Based Curricula:

Core Plus Mathematics

Math Connections

Interactive Mathematics Program

SIMMS

UCSMP

Jet Warr's tasks:today's date.doc

Secondary Math I Pattern Test the real one.doc

PATTERN ASS.doc

Anatomy of a polynomial.doc

Alien RTI Math RTI Math RTI Math RTI Math RTI Math RTI Math RTI Math RTI Math RTI Math.doc

Alien Behavior Patterns.docx

October 3

Jennifer LovelandGAISE: Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education--College Report

http://web.mac.com/statsmonkey/StatsMonkey/Statsmonkey.html

http://www.lhs.logan.k12.ut.us/~jsmart/stats.html

http://courses.ncssm.edu/math/Stat_Inst/Stats2007/2007_statistics_institute.htm

http://www.learner.org/resources/series65.html

October 10

Birgit Hertel-WulffArithmetic and Algebra in Early Mathematics Education:

Proposed research evidence that young students use algebraic ideas and representation.

JRME2006-03-87a.pdf

October 17

Meeting cancelled!

October 24

Brynja KohleriPad Apps for Math Class

Apps for Math Teaching.pdf

October 31

Jet WarrDifferentiated Mathematics Instruction for the Common Core

1. How can we transform accessible information into useable knowledge for ALL of our students?

2. How can we maximize transfer and generalization so that the learning that takes place in our classroom is not about individual-isolated facts?

The attached articles which will provide the background for our discussion. They are:

"Making the Most of Universal Design for Learning," in October 2011's Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, by Jessica H. Hunt and Janet B. Andreasen. Vol. 17, No. 3, pages 167-172. mtms2011-10-166a.pdf

and

"Differentiated Instruction and Implications for UDL Implementation," a report by Tracey Hall, Nicole Strangman, and Anne Meyer published in 2003 by the National Center on Assessing the General Curriculum and CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology). DI_UDL.1.14.11.pdf

November 7

Christine Cooper-RompatoAssociate Professor of English

Co-Editor, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures

Basic Medieval Math EducationThis talk will explore popular numeracy in England during the Middle Ages. How did medieval peasants and merchants learn to perform basic arithmetic? How were popular religious practices shaped around number? During the talk we'll consider a variety of medieval sources, including eighth-century finger counting techniques, early ninth-century story problems, and a fifteenth-century mathematical poem in Middle English.

November 14

Brynja KohlerTasks and Tests

Come to this meeting and play around with improving a mediocre textbook math question into something worthy of exploration and deeper thinking. More into multiple choice? We'll talk about designing good multiple choice test items as well. Readings:

"No Child Left Unchallenged" by Darin Beigie in

Mathematics Teaching in the Middle SchoolVol. 17, No. 4 pp. 215-221 Lightbulb Questions.pdf"Writing Good Multiple-Choice Exams" by Dawn M. Zimmaro, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved on November 9, 2011 from:

http://ctl.utexas.edu/assets/Evaluation--Assessment/Writing-Good-Multiple-Choice-Exams-04-28-10.pdf

Writing-Good-Multiple-Choice-Exams-04-28-10.pdf

November 21

November 28

Camille FairbournTeaching with a Flipped Classroom

Course evaluations.

December 5

Jet WarrGeometry in the CCSSM

regular polygons.docx

PROJECT TESSELATION.doc

andJanice BodilyA Teaching experiment in Calculus II

hufferd-ackles2004.pdf

Orchestrating Discussions.pdf